Life After Radiation: Sickness, Death and Sustenance


An employee observes dead fish by an artificial lake within the Chernobyl site, that was used to cool the turbines. The fish, that died from exposure to radiation, are abnormally large and flabby. Igor Kostin/Sygma via Getty Images
An employee observes dead fish by an artificial lake within the Chernobyl site, that was used to cool the turbines. The fish, that died from exposure to radiation, are abnormally large and flabby. Igor Kostin/Sygma via Getty Images

While fictional monsters and superheroes consume rads like video game power-ups, radiation is a trickier matter in reality -- from everyday radiation to the destructive exposure associated with nuclear accidents and nuclear war. In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert and Joe explore the nature of radiation, its effects on living tissue and the curious world of radiotrophic fungi.

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Topics in this Podcast: health, biology, radiation